MacGillivray’s Warbler 4-22-16

MacGillivray's Warbler 4-22-16

MacGillivray’s Warbler – First of Season. 4-22-16.

This warbler is the most difficult to find of the western migrant warblers.  It skulks along, often on the ground, scratching at the leaf litter like a towhee.  The MacGillivray’s shown is a probably a female.  The males, at this time of the year are brighter with more contrast and a  black margin  between the yellow breast and gray throat.

Blue Grosbeak - First of Season 4-22-16.

Blue Grosbeak – First of Season. 4-22-16.

This near-adult male Blue Grosbeak is another FOS bird.  I toyed with the idea that it was an Indigo Bunting, a way cooler bird.  But alas!   I also found a female Blue Grosbeak in the same spot at bit later.

Warbling Vireo 4-22-16

Warbling Vireo 4-22-16

Western Tanager 4-23-16

Western Tanager 4-23-16

Black-headed Grosbeak (f) 4-25-15

Black-headed Grosbeak (f) 4-25-15

The Black-headed Grosbeak is a local breeding species.  They are common in much of the county during summer and during migration in the spring and fall.

Lazuli Bunting 4-25-16

Lazuli Bunting 4-25-16

These attractive buntings breed in the Cuyamacas and can often be found during the summer in the brush around the State campground.

Ash-trhoated Flycatcher 4-27-165

Ash-throated Flycatcher 4-27-16

Black-headed Grosbeak 4-25-16

Black-headed Grosbeak 4-25-16

One thought on “MacGillivray’s Warbler 4-22-16

  1. Carl Reese

    I am genuinely impressed with the caliber of your knowledge and photography. I only recently have taken a “hankering” for birds and photographing them. My fumbling efforts to date have had one positive outcome. I admire greatly those who do it well. You do. Excellent work!

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